Breathing ,To dream of having difficulty breathing represents feeling uncomfortable, feeling too many restrictions being placed on you, being under pressure, or having difficulty coping with a problem. You may also be trying to do too much at once or having difficulty getting a hold of a situation.
Negatively, difficulty breathing may reflect anxiety or fear about your ability to perform in a situation. Feeling that you can’t relax or be yourself at all. It may also reflect feelings of being emotionally or creatively suffocated.
To dream of trying to catch your breath represents a need to recuperate or slow down. Feeling anxiety, tension, or fear in a situation being experienced. Needing to “recatch your bearings.” You have have been using all your energy or resources up to get ahead or compete with someone. You may be running the risk of exhausting yourself. It may also reflect haste or a fear of losing that is pushing you too hard.
To dream of calm or relaxed breathing represents a high degree of comfort with a situation or your performance. Feeling no pressure or difficulty. Feeling balanced and in control. Being happy or relaxed. Zen.
To dream of holding your breath represents a temporary need to forgo your comfort to get through a problem or difficult situation. Feeling emotionally guarded as you take a risk or hope to avoid something dangerous. Cutting yourself off a necessity.
To dream of breathing underwater represents a higher degree of comfort while overwhelmed by negative emotions or uncertain situations. Handling yourself well.
To dream of being unable to breath represents emotional suffocation.
People with asthma often have dreams of being unable to breathe.
Example: A young boy dreamed that he couldn’t breathe. In waking life his father was being extremely violent towards his mother on a regular basis and he felt unable to speak up or do anything about it while the situation got worse.
Example 2: A man dreamed of having difficulty breathing. In waking life he was becoming very uncomfortable with the scrutiny he was getting from potential job employers during interviews as he was unemployed and becoming nervous about not getting a job.